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Title: NEUTRONIC REACTOR

A reactor of the type which preferably uses plutonium as the fuel and a liquid moderator, preferably ordinary water, and which produces steam within the reactor core due to the heat of the chain reaction is described. In the reactor shown the fuel elements are essentially in the form of trays and are ventically stacked in spaced relationship. The water moderator is continuously supplied to the trays to maintain a constant level on the upper surfaces of the fuel element as it is continually evaporated by the heat. The steam passes out through the spaces between the fuel elements and is drawn off at the top of the core. The fuel elements are clad in aluminum to prevent deterioration thereof with consequent contamimation of the water.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
4321416
Report Number(s):
US 2809157
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-58
Research Org:
Originating Research Org. not identified
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
PATENTS; ALUMINUM; CHAIN REACTIONS; CONFIGURATION; CONTAMINATION; EVAPORATION; FUEL CANS; FUEL ELEMENTS; LIQUIDS; MODERATORS; MULTIPLICATION FACTORS; PATENT; PLUTONIUM; REACTOR CORE; REACTORS; STEAM; SURFACES; WATER